Rockingham Inches Toward Repairing Historic Covered Bridge
The town of Rockingham continues to make plans to replace the Bartonsville Bridge.
A video of the historic covered bridge crashing downstream during Tropical Storm Irene went viral on the Web and became an icon of the destruction caused by the storm.
At a select board meeting last week in Rockingham, an engineer said that the final replacement plans are nearly complete. Officials estimate it will cost $1.6 million to rebuild the bridge.
Once the project begins, the new bridge will be rolled across a temporary one, then cribbed and raised while the ends of the temporary bridge are disassembled and removed.
Rockingham's Select Board expects to award a bid for the project in May. Construction is expected to take until the end of the year.